Colonel Darryl A. Scott - Keynote Address, September 19,1998
COLONEL DARRYL A. SCOTT
Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
Keynote Address - September 19, 1998
Black Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery Association
DATE/TIME: 19 Sep 98/1130 (Parade 1000-1130; Program 1130)
EVENT: Seminole Day
LOCATION: Carver High School Grounds
THANK YOU FOR THAT VERY FLATTERING INTRODUCTION. I'M SORRY MY PARENTS AREN'T HERE. MY FATHER WOULD HAVE ENJOYED IT; MY MOTHER WOULD HAVE BELIEVED IT.
GENERAL NEWTON SENDS HIS REGRETS AND ME . . . I MEAN, HE REGRETS TO SEND ME . . . I MEAN, HE SENDS ME WITH HIS REGRETS.
WELL, ALL HUMOR ASIDE; I WANT TO THANK THE BLACK SEMINOLE INDIAN SCOUTS CEMETERY ASSOCIATION FOR INVITING ME TO YOUR ANNUAL SEMINOLE HOMECOMING.
TOO OFTEN OUR NATION FORGETS THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND SACRIFICES MADE BY A FEW OF IT'S CITIZENS FOR THE BENEFIT OF MANY. YOUR ASSOCIATION HAS LABORED FOR OVER 30 YEARS TO PRESERVE THE LEGACY OF THE BLACK SEMINOLES. FOUR RECIPIENTS OF AMERICA'S HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR REST IN THIS CEMETERY, ALONG WITH MORE THAN 100 OF THEIR COMRADES-IN-ARMS AND THEIR FAMILIES. BY HONORING THEM, YOU HONOR ALL OF US WHO FOLLOWED IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS, AND I THANK YOU AND SALUTE YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS.
IT IS INDEED AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON, COMMEMORATING A SPECIAL GROUP OF AMERICAN VETERANS.
AS THIS CITY CELEBRATES ITS RICH CULTURE AND HERITAGE, IT IS RIGHT FOR US TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT TO REMEMBER, AND PAY TRIBUTE TO, THE PERSONAL SACRIFICES THEY MADE SO MANY YEARS AGO.
THE FREEDOMS WE ENJOY AS AMERICANS ARE POSSIBLE IN PART BECAUSE OF THE SACRIFICES MADE BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOLDIERS, SAILORS, MARINES, AND AIRMEN IN WAR AND IN PEACE. THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A TIME IN OUR HISTORY WHEN BLACK AMERICANS WERE UNWILLING TO SERVE AND SACRIFICE FOR THIS COUNTRY.
BEGINNING WITH THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, BLACK MEN AND WOMEN HAVE WILLINGLY SERVED AND DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY. DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR, BLACKS, OVER 5,000 STRONG, STARTED A TRADITION, BELIEVING IF THEY FOUGHT TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN THE NATION'S FREEDOM THEIR FREEDOM WOULD COME ALSO. IN EVERY CONFLICT SINCE, BLACK AMERICANS HAVE WORN THE UNIFORM PROUDLY AND COURAGEOUSLY.
DURING THE WAR OF 1812, BLACKS SERVED IN BOTH THE ARMY AND THE NAVY. MORE THAN 220,000 SERVED DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND OVER 37,500 DIED. THE TRADITION CONTINUED WITH THE 9TH AND 10TH CALVARY AND THE 24TH AND 25TH INFANTRY-THE FAMED BUFFALO SOLDIERS-ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER AND AT SAN JUAN HILL, THE 369TH INFANTRY-THE FIRST AMERICAN UNIT TO CROSS THE RHINE IN WORLD WAR I, AND THE CREW OF THE USS MASON, THE MONTFORT POINT MARINES AND THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN OF WORLD WAR II.
THE EXPLOITS OF THESE PATRIOTS VERY NEARLY DIDN'T MAKE IT INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS. AND IT'S ONLY BEEN IN THE PAST FEW YEARS THAT THE THEATRICAL MOVIE "GLORY" AND MADE-FOR TV MOVIES ABOUT THE BUFFALO SOLDIERS AND THE TUSKEGEE AIRMAN HAVE MOVED OUR CONTRIBUTIONS INTO THE MAINSTREAM OF AMERICAN CONSCIOUSNESS.
THEREFORE IT IS FITTING TODAY THAT WE GATHER TO COMMEMORATE AND CELEBRATE THIS SPECIAL, AND FOR TOO LONG FORGOTTEN, GROUP OF AMERICAN VETERANS-THE BLACK SEMINOLE INDIAN SCOUTS. THEIR NUMBERS WERE SMALL, NEVER MORE THAN 100 FIGHTING MEN, BUT THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WERE IMMEASURABLY LARGE. THEIR PERFORMANCE AND ABILITIES OPENED THE WESTERN FRONTIER AND PROVIDED ANOTHER PUSH WHICH WOULD EVENTUALLY OPEN THE DOORS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ALL AFRICAN-AMERICANS.
THE SPIRIT OF THE BLACK SEMINOLE SOLDIERS IS SO MUCH PART OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT. FROM FLORIDA TO TEXAS THEY PERSEVERED IN THEIR BATTLE FOR FREEDOM. THE COURAGE, LOYALTY, AND DEDICATION TO FREEDOM DISPLAYED BY SGT. JOHN WARRIOR, TRUMPETER/PVT. ISAAC PAYNE, AND PVT. POMPEY FACTOR CAPTURE OUR IMAGINATIONS. THEY SERVE AS AN ENDURING EXAMPLE OF THE STRENGTH AND PURPOSE OF THE AMERICAN CHARACTER.
WHILE THEIR COURAGE AND PROFESSIONALISM MAY HAVE BEEN A SURPRISE TO SOME AMERICANS, IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN. BUT WITH THE BLACK SEMINOLE SOLDIERS, SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT. NOT ONLY WERE THEY FIGHTING AGAINST THE RAIDING COMANCHES AND APACHES, BUT ALSO THEY WERE FIGHTING FOR THEIR FREEDOM. FREEDOM WHICH HAD BEEN PLEDGED TO THEM BY GENERAL JESUP WHEN THEY WERE RESETTLED TO OKLAHOMA FROM FLORIDA. FREEDOM WHICH ELUDED THEM IN THE FACE OF THE CREEK INDIANS AND SLAVE HUNTERS. FREEDOM WHICH, DROVE THEM TO THE SANCTUARY OF MEXICO, WHERE THEY DEFENDED THE MEXICAN BORDER AGAINST MARAUDERS.
PLAGUED BY INDIAN RAIDS ON SETTLEMENTS, IN 1870 U.S. MILITARY OFFICIALS PERSUADED THE SEMINOLE SCOUTS TO RETURN TO TEXAS. THEY THEN CHARGED ACROSS THE AMERICAN WEST AND INTO HISTORY. THEIR MILITARY RECORD BETWEEN 1870 AND 1914 WAS NEARLY IMPECCABLE. OPERATING IN DETACHMENTS OF THREE OR FOUR MEN, THE BLACK SEMINOLE SCOUTS FOUGHT IN OVER 25 MAJOR ACTIONS. THEY WERE USUALLY DRASTICALLY OUTNUMBERED, SOMETIMES BY MORE THAN 10 TO 1. YET THEY NEVER HAD A MAN SERIOUSLY WOUNDED OR KILLED IN COMBAT.
ONE ONLY HAS TO RECALL THE DARING RESCUE OF LT. JOHN L. BULLIS TO GET A SENSE OF THEIR EXTRAORDINARY BRAVERY. IN 1875, A DETACHMENT CONSISTING OF LT. BULLIS, SERGEANT JOHN WARD, TRUMPETER ISAAC PAYNE AND PVT. POMPEY FACTOR WERE TRACKING A HERD OF STOLEN HORSES WHEN THEY CAME UPON A BAND OF 30 COMANCHES. A SKIRMISH ENSUED AND THEY KILLED THREE COMANCHES. ALTHOUGH THE COMANCHES WERE FIRST THROWN IN DISARRAY, THEY SOON REALIZED THEY GREATLY OUTNUMBERED THE BLACK SEMINOLES AND COUNTER-ATTACKED. AS THE SCOUTS RE-MOUNTED TO WITHDRAW, LT. BULLIS' HORSE BOLTED AND HE WAS CUT OFF. EVEN THOUGH THE SCOUTS WERE CLEAR OF THE ATTACKERS, THEY TURNED AROUND, CHARGED BACK UNDER INTENSE FIRE AND SERGEANT WARD PULLED BULLIS UP ON HIS HORSE. SERGEANT WARD, TRUMPETER PAYNE AND PRIVATE FACTOR WERE ALL AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR THAT ACTION.
IN ADDITION TO THESE THREE, PRIVATE ADAM PAYNE WAS THE FIRST BLACK MAN EVER TO RECEIVE THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR ACTION ON THE RED RIVER IN SEPTEMBER 1874. HIS CITATION READS FOR "SUPERIOR GALLANTRY" FOR SUBDUING A "SUPERIOR PARTY OF INDIANS."
IN MANY PITCHED BATTLES ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH AND SOUTHWEST TEXAS, AT PLACES WHOSE NAMES ARE NOW BUT ECHOES FROM AMERICA'S PAST: FORT DUNCAN, FORT CLARK AND PALO DURO CANYON, THEY LIVED THE CALLING-DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.
THESE MEN BELIEVED IN EACH OTHER AND THEY BELIEVED IN THIS NATION. IT IS BECAUSE OF THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE THAT I CAN STAND WITH YOU TODAY. BECAUSE OF THEIR SERVICE AND THE SERVICE OF THE THOUSANDS MORE WHO FOLLOWED THEM, IN HAVANA HARBOR, IN THE ARDENNES, THE PACIFIC, KOREA, VIETNAM, AND THE PERSIAN GULF, AMERICA IS TODAY FREE AND AT PEACE.
AFRICAN-AMERICANS CONTINUE TO DO WELL IN OUR ARMED FORCES. TODAY, THREE OF 34 ACTIVE-DUTY FOUR-STAR GENERALS ARE BLACK, INCLUDING GENERAL LLOYD W. "FIG" NEWTON, COMMANDER OF THE AIR EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMMAND AT RANDOLPH AFB.
ALMOST ONE IN 10 OF THE OFFICER CORPS ARE BLACK, AND 20% OF OUR ENLISTED MEMBERS ARE BLACK. THEY ARE AS TALENTED AND ENERGETIC A GROUP OF YOUNG AMERICANS AS YOU'VE EVER SEEN-THE BEST THIS NATION HAS TO OFFER. SMART AND DEDICATED, THEY ARE STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF MEN LIKE JOHN WARRIOR AND ADAM PAYNE.
THE BLACK SEMINOLE INDIAN SCOUTS ARE NO MORE. YET THEY LIVE ON IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE OF US WHO REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICES, AND IN THE FACES OF TODAY'S WARRIORS WHO'RE EAGER TO SERVE AND PROUD TO WEAR THE UNIFORM OF THEIR COUNTRY.
GENERAL COLIN POWELL WROTE SOMETHING A FEW YEARS AGO I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU. HE SAID, "I AM MINDFUL OF THE SACRIFICES THAT WERE MADE BY BLACK SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SUFFERED TO CREATE THE CONDITIONS AND SET THE STAGE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW." "WE KNEW THAT THE PATH THROUGH THE UNDERBRUSH OF PREJUDICE AND DISCRIMINATION HAD BEEN CLEARED BY THE SACRIFICES OF NAMELESS BLACKS WHO HAD GONE BEFORE US, THE SERGEANT WARDS, TRUMPETER PAYNES AND PVT. FACTORS. TO THEM WE OWE EVERYTHING."
IN THE SWAMPS OF FLORIDA AND IN THE SEARING HEAT OF TEXAS, THE SEMINOLE INDIAN SCOUTS BUILT A LEGACY OF LOVE OF FREEDOM AND SERVICE TO THE NATION. IN THE PROCESS, THEY CHANGED THE FACE OF THE MILITARY AND AMERICA.
United States Air Force
San Antonio Air Logistics Center
Air Force Materiel Command
Kelly AFB, TX 78241-6419
OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
COLONEL DARRYL A. SCOTT
Colonel Darryl A. Scott is Director of Contracting at San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. He is responsible for leading 489 contracting personnel to ensure support of the C-5 aircraft, F100/TF39/T56 engines and subsytems, jet engines, nuclear ordnance, fuel and propellants, and automated test/ground support. The support of these systems accounted for $1.4 billion of contract actions in FY96.
Colonel Scott began his career in 1974 as a computer operations officer at Headquarters Command, Bolling AFB, DC. In 1982, he became a Principal Contracting Officer, supporting command, control, and intelligence systems valued more than $500 million. Colonel Scott also developed the first Contracting for Computers and Information Systems Class in the Department of Defense. Over 200 students from many federal agencies attended the course. In 1991, he was named commander of the Defense Plant Representative Office, General Dynamics, San Diego, CA where he was responsible for contract management, program and technical support and quality assurance for programs such as the Tomahawk cruise missile, Atlas space launch vehicles and the Centaur upper stage. In 1993 as Chief of the Airborne Warning and Control Systems Contracting Division, Electronic Systems Center (ESC). Colonel Scott was responsible for all contracting for $2.8 billion of advanced radar programs for the US AWACS Fleet; and $5.2 billion in Foreign Military Sales support of NATO, Japan; and sustainment for all AWACS aircraft across multiple international theaters. Colonel Scott became Director of Contracting for ESC in July 1995, where he was responsible for contracting for more than 212 state of the art command, control, communication and intelligence (C4I) combat systems valued in excess of $59.7 billion.
Besides graduating with distinction from the Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Systems and Logistics, Colonel Scott is also a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer's School, a "top third" graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Colonel Scott and his wife, Shirley Spivey Scott, have two sons, Damon and Jordan.
1974 Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
1976 Squadron Officer's School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1980 Master's degree in Logistics Management, Air Force Institute of Technology Graduate School of Systems and Logistics, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1985 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
1990 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
June 1974 - October 1976, Computer Operations Officer, Headquarters Command, Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C.
October 1976 - May 1979, Operations Officer and Deputy Chief, Systems Software, Det. 1,1500 Computer Services Squadron, Military Airlift Command, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
June 1980 - June 1982, buyer on the World Wide Military Command and Control Systems program, Air Force Computer Acquisition Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
June 1982 - June 1984, Principal Contracting Officer, Air Force Computer Acquisition Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
June 1985 - June 1987, Contracting Acquisition Management Staff Officer, Directorate of Contracting and Manufacturing Policy, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
June 1987 - July 1989, Contracting Acquisition Management Staff Officer, Directorate of Contracting and Manufacturing Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
June 1990 - October 1991, Commander, Defense Contract Management Area Operations, San Diego, Defense Logistics Agency, California
October 1991 - July 1993, Commander, Defense Plant Representative Office, General Dynamics, San Diego, California
July 1993 - July 1995, Chief of the Airborne Warning and Control Systems Contracting Division, Electronic Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
July 1995 - Aug 1996, Director of Contracting, Electronic Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
August 1996 - Present, Director of Contracting, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Kelly Air Force Base, Texas
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Meritorius Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
Second Lieutenant - Jun 5, 1974
First Lieutenant - Jun 5, 1976
Captain - Jun 1, 1978
Major - May 1, 1985
Lieutenant Colonel - Jun 1, 1989
Colonel - Jan 1, 1993